Last week, I wrote on the situation of internship in Australia . I was also informed via a comment in this blog that Ireland has also shut their doors to international student graduates :
“If you are thinking of working in Ireland, you might just as well forget about it now. The Irish government is so stupid as they dont even take their own Non EU graduates to work with them. They rather employ Non EU students from Polish medical schools. Majority of us, the Non EU students who graduated this year didn’t get a job because our grades are lower from those Non EU who studied in Poland who don’t even know how the Irish system works. To make matter worst, we paid 295 Euros for the application and later found out we didn’t get a job. The irish government is making money from that. They didn’t reply to any of our emails, calls and they treat us like rubbish. SO my advice is, don’t go to Ireland for medical education. Go to anywhere else in europe like Poland, Romania, Slovakia where everything is cheaper, score a first class and apply to Ireland. And dont forget to pay your income tax at 40% per month. Oh, they are increasing the income tax again this year. Good luck and all the best!”
Now, UK is also facing the same situation. The news below appeared in UK 3 months ago : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9274753/Up-to-1000-new-doctors-could-face-unemployment.html. Their situation seem to be more critical then Australia! I was also informed via this blog that since April 2012, the UK government has stopped graduates from UK universities from seeking employment in UK :
“It is not only medicine that is affected, now graduates from all other courses in UK (international students) are affected, as the UK government had closed their Tier 1 (post study work) since 5 April 2012. They cannot stay on to gain some overseas (UK) working experience before returning to their home countries. Many (especially those graduated in June 2012) are very disappointed”
This situation in Australia, UK and Ireland will only make the glut back home even more critical as almost all graduates from these countries will be returning to Malaysia to seek employment. This, coupled with the so-called “unlimited MQE attempts” in 16 medical schools for graduates from unrecognised universities will only make the matter worst. It looks like the jobless scenario is definitely going to happen in near future. Someone once argued with me in this blog that doctors can never become jobless according to his father! Well, if it can happen in Australia and UK, please don’t bet it will not happen here.
I seriously hope the government would take drastic actions to stop this from happening. One way is to stop sending students overseas and if anyone goes overseas, they must sit for an exam upon returning ( this was proposed by our ex-DG but was shot down by cabinet). Some of the medical schools in Malaysia should be encouraged to merge which will in turn reduce the intake of students. MMC will then be able to concentrate more on the quality of the local medical schools. Unfortunately, all these steps are politically incorrect for our ruling government. Money is more important in the name of education hub. Then our DG will say exactly like what our DCA DG said “ the authorities would not limit or reduce the number of medical schools or the intake of student as they are private entities which do not receive any subsidy or assistance from the government” !! WTH………………
The government never promises a job for everyone. So, it is up to the public to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, our public is still so obsessed with making their children a doctor by hook or crook, hoping their future is secured. Another piece of advise : If you want to migrate, please do not do medicine!
Selamat Hari Raya 2012………………….
Up to 1,000 new doctors could face unemployment
Up to 1,000 new doctors will face unemployment next year as there are too few training places available, it has been warned.
8:30AM BST 19 May 2012
Official projections from the Department of Health body in charge of medical education shows that hundreds of medical graduates will be without a job next year, the Telegraph has learned.
The number of places in medical schools has been expanded since 2002 with the aim of the UK becoming self sufficient in doctors.
However, applicants from within the EU and a shortage of training posts means that for the first time there is a genuine prospect of doctors being unemployed.
It costs the UK taxpayer, £260,000 to put each medical student through university and each student graduates with debt averaging £70,000.
The issue is being raised at the British Medical Association’s junior doctors conference in London.
Also the Commons Health Select Committee will publish its report on education, training and workforce planning next week which is expected to criticise ‘boom and bust’ approaches to training with budgets raided to pay off deficits.
UK graduates leave medical school qualified as a doctor but must complete a foundation year, which is effectively an apprenticeship where they work under close supervision, before they are allowed to join the General Medical Council register and practice freely.
Dr Ben Molyneux, deputy chairman of the Junior Doctors Committee said: “This is a problem that has been getting steadily worse in recent years and for the first time next year we certainly cannot guarantee that there will not be medical unemployment.
“Even the optimistic projections are that hundreds of graduates could be without a foundation place and the worse case projections are up to 1,000.
“It is a tragedy not only for the taxpayer but also on a personal level, these doctors graduate with a small personal mortgage of debt.”
He said medical graduates would be left in limbo because without their foundation year they cannot work as doctors abroad and would be faced with treading water and applying again the following year, increasing the pressure for places.
“Most would end up leaving the profession,” he said. “These are people who are going to provide service for the NHS for the next 40 years. It would be a drop in the ocean of the NHS budget to provide foundation places for them, ” Dr Molyneux said.
The projections have been made by Medical Education England, the body in charge of postgraduate education and training of doctors.
There are more than 7,600 foundation places this year and the numbers of graduates leaving medical school only slightly exceeded that number.
However next year it is expected there will be up to 1,000 more medical students graduating than foundation places for them to work in.
The average starting salary for a foundation year doctor is £22,500 in England.
A court case due to be heard in Prague in October could exacerbate the problem as a medical school there has argued that its graduates should be allowed to apply for foundation place jobs in Britain on the same footing as UK graduates.
However in the Czech Republic and many other European countries, doctors graduate from medical school having effectively already completed a foundation year which could put them at an advantage when applying for jobs in Britain.